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Poster: MrMovie Date: Apr 8, 2005 11:34am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: Two PD Questions Answered

If you took original material, you produced and added that into existing public domain footage (and I've seen this done), that portion of the footage is usually noted in the end credits as being copyrighted. For example: You might see something that gives a reference to the specific material and then the © with the persons name or company to which that portion of film applies. This of course, would be the proper thing to do. However, in some cases one might just put a full copyright to the entire product and that would be misleading as it would be representing the entire work as their copyright when it fact it is not. You could conceivably, take a grouping of films from the archive in the same genre (say World War II films), and string two hours worth together on one video or DVD and and claim copyright to that particular complilation since you took the time to edit it into that format. However, if you added some new photos or film or narration other than what was in the original product, that would be under a seperate copyright if you choose to do so. In any event, the compilation could be your copyright but to be fair, some where in those end credits the archive should be noted as the origination source.